A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.
James Bond 007 is on the search for a Russian decoding machine, known as Lektor. Bond needs to find this machine, before the evil SPECTRE organization discovers it first. Whilst being romantically linked with Russian girl, Tatiana Romanova, Bond sneaks his way around Istanbul, whilst each SPECTRE agent tries to pick him off, including the over powering Donald 'Red' Grant and ex-KGB agent Rosa Klebb who knows all the tricks in the books and even possesses an incredible poison tipped shoe!Written by
Two actresses with bit parts would reappear in later films: Nadja Regin, who plays Kerim's girl, would play the dancer at the start of Goldfinger (1964), and Martine Beswick (called Martin Beswick in the credits), one of the Gypsy girls, returned as Paula in Thunderball (1965). See more »
When James orders breakfast from his hotel room he fails to mention his room number. See more »
[after Grant kills a look-a-like Bond]
Exactly one minute, fifty-two seconds. That's excellent.
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Ernst Blofeld's actor is credited as "?". See more »
The original cinema release was cut by the BBFC to receive an "A" rating:
Uses of the words "lovers" and "physical enjoyment" were cut.
The gypsy dance was edited, including a shot of her bending backwards.
The subsequent fight was reduced.
A shot of Tatiana walking to the bed nude was cut. (This was later reinstated in video releases)
Bonds reference to searching Tatiana was cut, and the kissing is reduced.
Tatiana's line "I hope I came up to expectations" was cut.
The scene where agents are shown filming Bond and Tatiana in the bed was shortened and darkened.
"Was I" in the line "Was I as exciting as all those Western girls?" was changed to "Am I".
Bond's line "two hours should straighten this out" as he lowers the blind on the Orient Express was removed.
In the train compartment, Grant's line "What a performance!" when referring to the reel of film was cut.
The Bond-Grant fight was reduced.
When Bond shoots Klebb, her expressions of pain were reduced and the latter part of her moaning was muted.
Bond's repeat of the line "What a performance!" on the boat was cut.
A Bond film that stands out among all other films as well as the Bond films, From Russia With Love is filled with not only a heavy dose of nonstop action and adventure, but also an intelligent plot that commented heavily on the world state of affairs in 1963. Capitalist and Communists are set to work against each other by SPECTRE, an organization which does not give any special considerations to economic systems, but wishes to weaken the balance of world power and take control itself. The survival of the Bond films depended on their ability to change with the decades, and From Russia With Love is no exception. Great acting performances from not only Sean Connery, but Robert Shaw, Pedro Armendariz, and Lotte Lenya (the wife of Kurt Weill).
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